Located on level 63 of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Ray’s Grill offers an unapparelled dining experience. The interior is as one would expect, stylish and sophisticated, dark wooden flooring, black marble walls and plush leather seats. The open kitchen takes centre stage, ensuring every guest enjoys the culinary teams flamboyant show. Be sure to sit near the window, the dimly lit restaurant allows the twinkling city lights to shine through, offering perhaps one of the best views of the city.
As we enter, the restaurant is already busy with guests enjoying their evening. We take a seat by the window and begin to select our dishes. To start the Prime Steak Tartare and the Prawn Cocktail. The Prime Steak Tartare is made tableside allowing us to specify exactly how we would like our dish prepared. This is a welcomed change, as we are partial to an extra dash of Worcestershire sauce. The Prawn Cocktail is beautifully presented on a black slate plate, it tastes amazing. Fresh crisp iceberg lettuce, avocado, red pepper tulle, orange, hazelnut vinaigrette, cocktail sauce and juicy prawns make for an exciting starter.
The menu offers a wide variety of steaks as well as Sea Bass, Canadian Lobster, Australian Lamb and Cajun Chicken. We opt for the USA 220g Striploin and the Australian 200g Master Kobe Tenderloin MBS -9. The U.S.D.A Striploin is well flavoured with very little fat, cooked medium well its tender and juicy. The Master Kobe Tenderloin is exceptional, intensely marbled, the fats give it a rich buttery texture, we would even go as far as saying this is the best steak we’ve tasted in the city.
For our sides we order Garlic Mushrooms, Buttered Asparagus, Steamed Vegetables and Buttered Mashed Potatoes. The portions are much larger than expected considering they are priced at AED 25. We had imagined them to be much smaller, not that we are complaining, it’s a refreshing change.
The attention to detail is second to none, before our steaks are served we select our steak knives, shortly after a trolley arrives offering a selection of salts, peppers and mustards from around the globe. Our waiter is extremely knowledgeable and recommends the ideal accompaniments to enhance the flavour of our cuts.
To conclude our dining experience, we select the Apple and Cherry Pie along with the Vanilla Pavlova. Again, we underestimated the portion size, extremely generous. Both desserts are delicious but the Vanilla Pavlova with the hot chocolate sauce leaves us wanting more.
Overall, we had a wonderful dining experience at Ray’s Grill and one we would highly recommend. The menu is versatile and offers a range of dishes and a variety of cuts. The price is reasonable and if you order well you can enjoy a nice evening without overspending.
Prime Steak Tartare AED 75
Prawn Cocktail AED 80
Striploin AED 170
Master Kobe Tenderloin MBS-9 AED 550
Sides AED 25 each
Desserts AED 45 each
Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, 02 811 5666